Sunday, 23 October 2016

Midlands Air Ambulance mark 25-year partnership

The long-established partnership between Freemasonry and the Midlands Air Ambulance movement has been recognised and marked by a Community Partners Award which WBro Dennis Hill collected earlier this year (see earlier post) on behalf of the Provinces of Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire and the Mark Province of Staffordshire and Shropshire. Freemasons have given over £1.1 million to the charity since its inception.

The trophy which featured that night appeared at the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Masons in Staffordshire and Shropshire recently, and will be travelling around the region over the coming twelve months. Helimeds at Cosford and Strensham now sport the Tercentenary square and compasses logo (above right).

Old Ben Raising

Saturday 22nd October saw the Raising of Bro Richard Ward in Old Ben lodge. Richard is son of WBro Rev Edward Ward, Provincial Grand Chaplain, who was present to see the ceremony and to present Richard (as is traditional in his Mother Lodge) with his own Masonic VSL and a 1944 ritual book.

The Raising was witnessed by many Brethren including PrJGW Robin Richardson, who congratulated the WM David Stubbs and the Past Masters who assisted him, especially as the lodge has no L of I and only meets four times a year.

At the Festive Board over £200 was raised in support of the 2019 Festival - the special 'joker' raffle rolling over to next time. Come along to Old Ben at their next meeting and you stand the chance of winning £180!

WM David Stubbs with WBro Edward Ward and his son, new MM Richard.

Friday, 21 October 2016

The Iron Bridge and Old Ben lodges host 'joint' Sunday Lunch

Sunday, 6th November at the Regency Rooms, the Swan at Forton, Eccleshall Road, Forton TF10 8BY, 1230 for 1300h. A joint lodge event with the Worshipful Masters of Old Ben and The Iron Bridge lodges.

Carvery or Nut Roast main courser £9, add a starter or dessert for £4 (menu for these on day - vegetarian and gluten free both available - children under 12 £6.50 meal deal - includes free ice cream! Smart casual dress code.

RSVP by Monday, 31st October to Andy Delamere.

Payment BACS preferred [The Iron Bridge Charity account 16-33-17 a/c 10815859] or by cheque to "The Iron Bridge lodge" c/o Andy Delamere, 13 Wrekin Avenue, NEWPORT, Shrops TF10 7HQ.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Two CSMs in a week!

At the Installation of the Castle lodge, Bridgnorth on 18th October RWBro Peter Taylor was delighted to award a Certificate of Service to Masonry to WBro/EComp Denis James Mottershead. Denis was Initiated in 1975 and became WM of the lodge in 1982. 

The thoroughly well deserved honour of CSM was also recently awarded to WBro/EComp Mike Barrett of Old Ellesmerian lodge in Ellesmere - and apparently the effect was the same in both cases - it rendered them speechless! 

This alarming effect prompts "Shropshire Blue" to suggest a few other names for consideration...

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Hawk Group Charity Shoot

Once again this popular event was held at The West Midland Shooting Ground, Hodnet. About 85 shooting guests attended, and we were blessed with good weather.

Light refreshments were served on arrival at 12.30 pm, shooting commenced at 2 pm through to about 4.30 pm, and the day was rounded off with a barbecue, wine and beer.

As usual organiser Frank Jones had sourced good draw prizes from the company's suppliers which believe me were very attractive - as a result we sold draw tickets at £20.00 per strip, giving us a grand total of £1,600.00 cash. 
Generous donations from many local companies helped boost the shoot fund and this raised a further £1,185. 

The High Gun Trophy and the Hawk Charity Shield was won by Mr John Seal from Stoke-on-Trent. 

All cheques were made payable to The Brownlow Lodge 2131 in support of the Shropshire Masonic Festival 2019 Charity Appeal. A cheque for this amount was presented to the Provincial Grand Master by Brownlow Lodge and was very gratefully received!

Monday, 17 October 2016

Special meeting honours three members of Old Ellesmerian Lodge

A very special meeting of Old Ellesmerian Lodge 5368 honoured three members who have given exceptional service to the lodge and to the Province. In the presence of many Provincial officers, RWBro Peter Taylor presented WBro David Bradley with his 50 year certificate and WBro Ted Archer with his 60 year certificate.

Then, in an unexpected move, the Provincial Grand Master awarded WBro Michael Barrett with a Certificate of Service to Masonry. Those of us who know Mike well (but were not able to be present) are not surprised at the honour, for he is a great advocate for Freemasonry, and for OE Lodge's special Workings in particular. We just find it difficult to believe reports that Mike was 'lost for words'...

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Remembrance service at Crewe Street

This year on Sunday, 13th November there will once again be a brief Service of Remembrance at Crewe Street War Memorial in Shrewsbury, 1045 for 1100h.

This event is again organised by WBro David Griffiths, PrGSwdB, and it is anticipated that over 100 people will once more be there to remember those from the local area who gave their lives. 

Refreshments follow for those who attend either this service or the St Chad's service in town, which will as usual include a deputation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Shropshire.

A date for your diaries!

Brethren of Shropshire, their ladies, families and friends are warmly invited to attend the Provincial Carol Service at St Peter's Church, High Street, Edgmond near Newport TF10 8JW on Sunday, 11th December at 3 p.m..

Refreshments are available after the service, which takes place in one of Shropshire's most beautiful churches under the direction of PrGChaplain Rev. Ted Ward.

Please put the date in your diary now!

Is Simon sitting comfortably?

WBro Simon Clare, WM of The Iron Bridge lodge 9897, has set an excellent example for other Masters to follow. In September Simon cycled from Kent to Shropshire in two days in order to attend - and lead - his lodge's rehearsal for its September meeting. Following a curry celebration, Simon nipped back to London to represent 9897 as a member of the Universities Scheme at the Grand Lodge Quarterly Communications the following day before returning for the Initiation Ceremony the following night!

This extraordinary journey raised £1709.21 for charities including Hope House, the 2019 festival, Little Buddies (children born with Downs Syndrome) and the Cornwallis Charity of the Province of East Kent. any surplus raised will be sent to Dementia Care. 

Simon is pictured by the Howard Memorial  Hall during his cycle ride. 


On Friday 30th September WBro Peter Robinson, WBro Peter Haywood and their good ladies Petrina and  Rona held the first St. Alkmund fishing competition at Ellerdine Lakes, Telford. This event was in aid of the 2019 Festival. This fantastic foursome put a lot of work into organising these events and, along with support from friends, their work towards the Masonic Fishing Charity is wonderful.

The day started with the traditional bacon butty and coffee, and old and new friendships were made. Several of our regular fishermen came and supported the day and of course  they got to take  a fish home. A fantastic £225 was raised towards the Festival.

The two Peters hope to plan another event for next year. Please keep an eye out for details and they hope to attract a few more anglers to attend.

On Monday 10th October Peter, Petrina, Peter and Rona  hosted their thank you day. This is where they give those fishermen who have helped them do such wonderful work in aid of the Masonic Fishing Charity a day’s fishing with lunch at Brades.

On this day they hold a competition for the Robert Ford Trophy. This is in memory of WBro Robert, formerly of Roden Lodge, who owned the pond. Robert’s wife Kath has given the pond to WBro Peter Robinson and the Masonic Fishing Charity on permanent loan, so that the children can continue to benefit.

The winner of the Robert Ford Trophy was a certain WBro Clive Jones of St Mary’s lodge. Clive won the memorial trophy by catching twelve trout of varying sizes. The weather was good, and a wonderful day was had by all.

Thanks must go to Peter, Petrina, Peter and Rona for their constant work towards the masonic fishing charity. I first attended a fishing charity event in 2012 and I have been attending when I can since. It’s a wonderful charity and the pleasure the children get out of the days are just so special.

I urge you to try and attend a Masonic Fishing Charity event and to support it where and when you can. You will be hooked just like I have been!

WBro Clive Jones

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Jan walks 50 miles for TLC

When a seed is sown, you never quite know when and where it may take root. When Bro Kevin Haycocks, Junior Deacon of Column Lodge heard about the work of Teddies for Loving Care at his September lodge meeting, he went home and told his wife Jan about the charity.

Together, they decided to support TLC when Jan took part in this year's Long Mynd Hike. Participants set out to walk 50 miles within 24 hours on a route which takes in eight hilltops, and Jan completed the route in 19 hours and 31 minutes, putting her well up the list of those taking part.

In October, Kevin presented WBro Jeremy Lund with a cheque for £150 towards the charity - a fantastic donation which will provide over 120 teddies to cheer up the same number of children in traumatic Accident and Emergency situations up and down the Province. In return, Jeremy presented Kevin and Jan with TLC badges as a memento and a thank you for their wonderful idea.